By David Bush
Quick look at the Tories “Making Ontario Open for Business Act.” This is a massive gift to employers coming off the back of workers.
1) 10 personal emergency leave days to be used for bereavement, illness, family emergency. With no doctor’s note required and with the first two days paid (paid sick days!).
8 PEL days that are proscriptive (3 for sickness, 3 for family emergency, 2 for bereavement). And NO paid PEL days. Also doctor’s notes are back. Note for workplaces with over 50 employees: this is actually worse than what existed BEFORE Bill 148.
2) Minimum wage set to increase to $15/hr January 1, 2019. And then indexed to inflation thereafter.
Increase to $15 scrapped. Increases indexed to inflation starting in 2020. A 33 month freeze at $14! This is a real wage cut!
3) Scheduling rules paying shift workers 3 hours for shifts cancelled within 48 hours, and paying on-call workers at least 3 hours for shift they are not called in for, set to come into effect January 1, 2019.
Completely scrapped. Replaced with a modified provision that already existed in the legislation, the three hour rule. If you present yourself for work for shift of more than three hours but don’t work more than that amount you are entitled to three hours pays.
4) Equal pay for equal work for part-time, contact, casual and temp workers.
Completely scrapped and reverts to the equal pay based on sex (what existed before).
5) New rule that puts the onus on your employer to prove that you are not an employee in a bid to stem the tide against job misclassification.
6) Rules that make it easier to join and keep a union such as: lowering the threshold of union cards to get employee lists, sector-specific card check, and sector-specific protections against contract flipping.